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March 8th, 2011 Posted 7:00 pm

SFNR on Quarry Hill, Redmires; The Sheffield Pals Sep '14

“To me a bicycle is a machine of magic … taking me on to the ways of satisfied happiness; giving to me the good friendship I enjoy with others, and to share with me the delights and ecstasies of the outdoors. It gives to me the pleasures of mingling the past with the present … always discovering … always learning. Above all it gives to me also, memories to cherish and store inwardly, as I wheel my ways on joyous days … such a day has been today.” Albert Winstanley 1917-2012

“Peculiar travel suggestions are dancing lessons from God” Book of Bokonon, in Kurt Vonnegut’s Cat’s Cradle

Rides for 2018 – so far

Jan 1 2018 (probably) Christmas Lights Ride

It’s not a Friday and the ride will start 3-3.30pm-ish and if the weather is good enough and we can find enough Xmas lights up and we are not sure that any pubs will be open at the end,
BUT, hey!, its 8 years since we last did one on a New Year’s Day and you can clear yr head on a ride and welcome in the New Year with other lunatics.
Optional: decorate yrself and yr bike with sparkly lights and stuff. Bring flapjack etc if you want.
Usual notice will be given if the ride is OFF see Next Ride page

Other rides will be between Sunday March 25 and Sunday 28 Oct 2018 (BST)
Precise dates tbd
In no particular order

Borders (Simon)
Sheffield has always been a border town between tribes, settlements, aristocrats, counties and municipalities. Over time borders have disappeared, shifted and been created. We will cycle along and to and from some of these borders and see how our city has been and is defined.

Bounded Infinity III (Mick) – later in 2018
Mick is going to see if he can make an alternate ride route of at least 15 miles (continuous with no repeated sections) within the boundary of the inner ring road to the one I did in 2011. The ride webpage from 2011 gives all the theory. Its mathematics but not as you know it. Mick loved planning and leading this ride.

The Interview Cycle (Mick) – probs early April
We cycle to places where people on the ride have had job interviews in Sheffield. At each place we all listen to the story of that interview.
We all wear/bring some male interview costume, (eg suit, smart shoes, shirt, ties etc) and at the end of the ride we disrobe and give the clothes to Vanda’s Suit Works
Volunteers needed to tell the story of a job (paid/unpaid) interview in Sheffield. Go on bring out yr inner storyteller – about 10 of you, please. Tips and practice on story-telling will be shared – GET IN TOUCH NOW IF YOU ARE WILLING TO BE A VOLUNTEER (mick and vanda are telling their stories ….)
So the ride is about both how we put on a face or mask and costume in order to assume or obtain a role important to us, and putting on another psychogeographic layer to the city with our personal stories at particular places. And we give something to Vanda’s enterprise.

Glimpses of Utopia (Mick) – probs early June
Mick has been in a discussion group about Utopian thinking and its value in planning and taking political action. He thinks the best we can get is glimpses of Utopia and these glimpses may be brief illuminations of what is possible. We will be cycling to places in Sheffield where Utopia has been glimpsed through collective planning, enterprise and action. Got any examples? then please get in touch.

Now That’s What I call a SFNR! (Simon) – longest Friday of the year
A composite of parts of the ten “anniversary” rides since SFNR’s birthday in June 2008

There are lots of ideas for rides and they are on the Future Sheffield FNR page. If you want to turn one of these ideas into a ride or have ideas for another theme then let us know at
So get on the email list ( or like the fb page.
SFNR is also on twitter as @sheffieldfnr. Tweets are usually announcements only.

Cycle Maintenance classes throughout the year
The ever-popular ReCycleBikes cycle maintenance classes are now revised and bookable here
If you know what you’re doing and want a stand to work on, in the dry with good tools and expert advice on hand then you can do that in the bike kitchen

I think Russell’s Bike Shed, Bike ReHab and Evans also offer bike maintenance classes so contact them for details

Learn how to use the

Private Eye No. 1326 Lance Armstrong Puncture Repair outfit

Sheffield Cycle Jumble – May and October, book early if you want to have a table; it gets busy and is a great event to go to

Mark’s contact details are on the poster for the jumble if you want to book a table for a jumble.

More Rides
I get ride info sent to me from time to time and if you want to get out on your bikes more then …
don’t forget to look on these sites: local CTC site; the Sheffield Clarion Cycling Club;, the Steel City Riders; Ride Sheffield; Sheffield Shopper Society; No Balls Biking; Sheffield Women’s Cycling – see side bar Other Sheffield Rides for all these.

Should SFNR have an anthem? – this is a great modern Sheffield tune about Sheffielders and we can la la la as we pedal

The Times Cities fit for cycling Click on this logo, check out what it says, sign up if you want to. I know its News International, obviously linked to News Corp who sponsor all that cycling through SKY; but I think this is genuinely felt – shock that a colleague ordinarily commuting to work can be seriously injured through poor vehicle design and driver behaviour.

Cheer yourself up before the next ride – take a dekko at this

Fraternal/Sororal Rides: There used to be a London FridayNightRide (where I was inducted into the experience) sadly no more. If any body knows of another FNR like this one – there are other FNRs which cycle to the coast and all that kind of stuff but we are not into distance or endurance or power (I think we are in it for the joy of social urban riding and being a tourist in your own backyard) then I could maybe see if any other FNR wants to do a fraternal/sororal ride sometime in Sheffield and vice-versa.

“FridayNightRiders of the World Unite!”


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